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Birthday Balloons

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Happy Birthday Dad! Today we celebrate your life and remember all of the wonderful times we had together. Some of the things I am remembering today are: Long car trips across the country in our old station wagon playing barbies in the back You pushing the old metal lawn mower on Benjamin Avenue Going to visit your work with you at UpJohn Co. The little chicks and bunnies you brought home … [Read more...]

Bargain Shopping for the Vision Impaired

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As some of you know, I have spent a considerable amount of time this summer carting my kids around to get glasses and contacts, then going back to get yet more glasses after my kids lost the first pair. I was so impressed with myself when I discovered Costco's Optical Department and saving myself mucho $$$ over going to the mall's optical shop. Well, this week one of my friends told me about a … [Read more...]

Life On The Open Road: Part II

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My trailer obsession continues: 1957 Shasta 14’ Restored Vintage Travel Trailer ( www.VintageTrailerCrazy.com) … [Read more...]

Life On The Open Road

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Have I told you about my trailer obsession? It started a few months ago when I was starting to plan a family trip for next summer. I think it would be fun to take the kids on a trip across the country to see the landmarks and sights. I heard about a local family that had taken a year off from school and work to explored the country. We don't have the option of taking an entire year off but I … [Read more...]

Nie Nie Day

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For those who haven't heard, a really cute blogging girl Stephanie Nielson (Nie Nie) and her husband were in a terrible plane accident. They are in critical condition and Stephanie has third degree burns covering about 80% of her body. Recovery will be long and very expensive. To help raise funds,Design Mom, (a really fun site) has declared today Nie Nie Day. Starting today all over the internet … [Read more...]

Pastrami Paninis, Parmesan Smashed Potatoes and Coco Loco Brownies

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My mom brought me a wonderful surpriseyesterday. She had taught a panini class and had an extra panini maker so she gave me hers! I was so excited that I immediately went out and bought some ingredients to try it out! I found a Smashed Potato recipe on 101cooks.com which I changed a little bit. It is very similar to the "Crashed Potato" recipe that is on the Pioneer Woman's blog, but has … [Read more...]

New Project: Pillow Covers

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I'm so excited. I ordered some Amy Butler fabric in anticipation of recovering my family room pillows. It came and I can't wait to get started. Remember that zebra rug that I put in my Favorite Things blog a couple of weeks ago? Well, my darling Jeff has ordered it for my birthday! So, I thought it would be fun to add a little color to the room with these different fabrics. I will keep you updated … [Read more...]

More School Pics

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Today was Nick (9th) and Hannah's (4th) first day of school. Yea!!! It's too early for a real smile. Hannah was much perkier an hour and a half later! Ella wants to get in on the picture-taking fun! In line, waiting for the teacher. Hannah is the shortest one in line (and she has 2 inch heels on!) With her best friend in front of the school mascot -- grrrr!!! … [Read more...]

Where Did The Time Go?

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A daughter is a miracle that never ceases to be miraculous...full of beauty and forever beautiful...loving and caring and truly amazing. -- Deanna Beisser Today was Hayley's first day of middle school? I can't believe it -- she is growing up so fast! She was nervous, but we went over to the school a couple of days ago and went over her schedule and opened her locker a few times so she would … [Read more...]

FaVoRiTe ThInG Wednesdays: Button Clips!

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Here's one of my favorite things: button clips! As a mom of three girls I think these clips are so cute and funny. I have ordered quite a few from etsy.com. The girl I ordered these from is: Nettiepete at www.etsy.com. http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5122177 The cast of Peter Pan... Something Spooky for October! These are also from www.etsy.com, the shop is jackandjane. … [Read more...]